Much easier for me second time around!
I had epidural first time after a prolonged labour (had a few complications...) so I didn't actually feel the pain of birth.
Second time around I actually wanted the epidural again, but there wasn't enough time. It was still very painful, but not unbearable, and it was all over very quickly. I only had the gas, which helped.
It is nice to know I was able to do it naturally, but I would have been just as happy if there had been enough time for the epidural.